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Hawaii Invasive Species Council Communication

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB)
Response Update

Oryctes rhinoceros
male (Aubrey Moore, University of Guam)

Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB), an invasive pest, was detected Dec. 23, 2013 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH) on coconut trees.  A joint effort between USDA, UH at Manoa, U.S. Navy, HDOA and other partners has mobilized and an Incident Command System (ICS) has been established to respond to this pest emergency.

Please find the latest update below or click to view/download as a Text.PDF or as a Map.PDF:
 
Contact Randy Bartlett, CRB Response Liaison Officer, with any questions related to this update, by emailing Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov, or by calling 808-832-0585

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April 17 - 30, 2016
  • Detections
    • On Base (All DOD property on Oahu; including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH))
      • 33 adults detected (of 2,492 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
    • Off Base:
      • 21 adults detected (of 286 adults detected since 12/23/2013).
  • Surveillance
    • Investigation into possible breeding sites continues within established buffer zones.
    • 17 panel traps deployed at the following locations: north of Hawaii Prince Golf Club (4), West Lock Community Shoreline Park (6), Hono`uli`uli/Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge (4) and Nanakuli (3).
    • Navy-Marine Golf Course green waste/mulch resurveyed – no CRB observed.
    • Mamala Bay Golf Course rough netted to survey for CRB presence in sod – weekly inspection conducted with no CRB observed.
    • Pearl City Peninsula pile netting checked with no CRB observed.
    • Inspection of trimmed coconut palm fronds at Iroquois Point Housing (Kapilina) completed – no CRB observed.
  • Mitigation & Outreach
    • 3,224 trap services conducted on 2,908 traps during this reporting period.
    • The majority of green waste from Navy-Marine G.C. is being taken to the Air Curtain Burners for processing.
    • 200+ persons provided CRB information at AECOM Earth Day event.
    • 78 members of the public interacted with during this reporting period.
    • 40 businesses interacted with during this reporting period.
    • 20 NEX staff at JBPHH provided CRB information.
    • 16 public reports responded to during this reporting period.
    • Access to two additional properties in Nanakuli obtained for survey purposes.
  • Research
    •  A CRB research center has been prepared at UH Manoa. Site inspections and permits are pending before it can be used.
    • Research is still underway to better understand the cyclic nature of weekly, monthly, and annual trap capture rates.
  • Beetle Fact
    • In lab conditions, CRB larvae avoid areas where temperatures are above 37 degrees C (100 degrees F) (Hinckley, 1973).

This report uses the best information available at the time of writing and is not an official record of the project. Its purpose is to update partner agencies and concerned individuals about project progress. Questions regarding information in the report can be addressed by calling the project command post at (808) 832-0585. Mahalo.
DAVID IGE
GOVERNOR OF HAWAII
 
SHAN TSUTSUI
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
 


VOTING MEMBERS
 
SUZANNE CASE
DEPARTMENT OF LAND & NATURAL RESOURCES
 
SCOTT ENRIGHT
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
 
KEITH KAWAOKA, D.Env.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
 
MARIA GALLO, PhD
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I
 
LEO ASUNCION
DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM, OFFICE OF PLANNING
 
DAVID RODRIGUEZ
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
 Your HISC Support Team:

Joshua Atwood, HISC Program Supervisor: 808.587.4154  or Joshua.P.Atwood@hawaii.gov

Randy Bartlett, HISC Interagency Coordinator: 808.870.6443 or Randal.T.Bartlett@hawaii.gov

John-Carl Watson, HISC Planner: 808.587.4185 or John-Carl.R.Watson@hawaii.gov

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